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January 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

GM released the first sales figures for the new year and for the first time since we started keeping track in 2006, Corvette deliveries dropped below 1,000 units to close at 842 for the month of January. Unfortunately for both GM and the assembly workers in Bowling Green, 842 Corvette sales does little to alleviate the supply of Corvettes on the ground and the slow sales could force the company to keep the factory’s doors closed longer than planned.

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CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

Just a quick note to let you know that CorvetteBlogger.com is now on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows us to send 140-character messages to our “followers”. We’ve been using it long enough to realize the potential of not only sending “tweets” but being on the receiving end of influential people including those within GM. To see our updates and to become a follower, click here:

2009 GT-1 Championship Edition Corvette

Tom Hill, Quality Engineering Manager at the Corvette Assembly Plant announced to NCRS members attending the Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida last weekend that a new limited edition package called the GT-1 Edition would be produced this Spring. Like the Competition Sport Package, the GT-1 Edition centers around the Corvette Racing theme with team mascot “Jake” prominently displayed.

The package will reportedly be available on Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models. They will include your choice of either 45U Velocity Yellow with Black Stripes or 41U Black with Yellow Stripes. Both colors feature the now familiar “Jake” mascot as well as other graphics inspired by the Corvette Racing C6.Rs like the distinctive yellow windshield banner.

Another unique feature will include graphics that will have the driver’s names on the roof just like the C6.R. The championships that the Corvette Racing C6.R team has won will be displayed on a lower door script graphic. Other features include black headlamps on the Velocity Yellow models and Genuine Corvette Accessories (GCA) body colored door handles and carbon fiber patterned engine covers.

All GT-1 Championship models include the ZR1′s full width spoiler in body color and Q9V Forged Chrome Wheels. The Coupe and Convertible models will come equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance Exhaust.

Each of the GT-1 Edition interiors will receive exclusive GT-1 embroidery on the seats and console lid. Ebony 4LT (Coupe and Convertible) and 3LZ (Z06) interiors and shifter will be accentuated with yellow stitching. Included will be a Special Console Trim Plate with specific VIN sequencing and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Pricing and availability are expected sometime in February.

With 2009 being the end of Corvette Racing’s reign of the GT-1 class in the ALMS and Le Mans, collectors and Corvette Racing fans alike will have the opportunity to show their support when driving this unique tribute to the C6.R team to a Corvette corral later this year and beyond.


Source:
Corvette Forum

Related:
2009 Corvette Competition Sport Package Pricing Revealed
Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Japan’s Special Edition Corvette: The Corvette S-Limited
The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe

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Rumor: 2010 Corvette to Include a Grand Sport Widebody?

by Keith Cornett on January 21, 2009

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Update: The Corvette Grand Sport was introduced on April 24, 2009 at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. We have updates which include:

Exclusive Photo Gallery: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport


Talk of “Change” is in the air, but luckily our focus is on Corvettes and what may be coming our way in 2010. A CorvetteForum member was perusing the GM computer system and claims he saw a Grand Sport option for both Coupes and Convertibles in 2010. The RPO Z16, used in 1996 to describe the Grand Sport package was also mentioned. However, something else is afoot, as we are seeing how just one word is causing the Corvette enthusiast community to swoon: widebody.

A widebody describes the Corvette Z06′s increased width over the Coupe and Convertible models due to the flared front and rear fender panels that house the larger Z06’s wheels and brakes. A Widebody conversion, especially the rear portion which when done by itself is referred to as a “widebooty, is one of the more popular C6 Corvette body modifications which can cost upwards of $10-$15K.

The last few special editions rolled out by GM have been nothing more than special paint schemes and embroidered seats, no doubt conceived by marketing types to sell more Corvettes. Normally, we are okay with that but some special edition Corvettes require a little something extra to make them special. As in the case of the coming 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, is it more of a performance model over that of a regular Coupe because it comes with a user-affixible numbers to paste on the doors?

A Grand Sport widebody on the other hand changes the game. A unique body style would make the Corvette special. Add some goodies like the Z06’s brakes and then wrap it up in the Grand Sport livery with special paint and interior trim and you’ve got a guaranteed winner.

Like any rumor, those that know aren’t talking and those that don’t anything are talking too much. Watching the chatter over the next couple months will be interesting and it gives us something to look forward to. Hopefully as we get closer to the Corvette Bash in April we will start to get some solid news that will surely please the enthusiast community: The return of the Grand Sport Corvette.

Sources:
Corvette Forum

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December 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2009

GM released the December sales figures for Corvette yesterday and the despite the dreadful year to year sales decline figure of -54.6%, we are seeing an uptick in sales that is the higher than the previous two months. In December 2008, 1,324 Corvettes were delivered which was a 21% increase over November 2008′s 1,093 deliveries and 13% higher than October’s 1,170 deliveries.

We are still not seeing a constriction in the number of Corvettes available on the ground nationally, and in fact the number grew 11% over the last 30 days. With the Corvette Assembly Plant idled just before the holidays, no new Corvettes are expected to be built before the end of February.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4% Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5%
September 2,318 2,837 -18.3% Jan-Sept 23,384 25,849 -9.5%
October 1,170 2,484 -52.9% Jan-Oct 24,554 28,333 -13.3%
November 1,093 2,438 -55.2% Jan-Nov 24,647 30,771 -16.6%
December 1,324 2,914 -54.6% Jan-Dec 26,971 33,685 -19.9%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 9,058 Corvettes on the ground and can be broken down into the following years:

  • 2008 Corvettes – 2,187
  • 2009 Corvettes – 6,871

2009 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 4,047
  • Corvette Convertibles – 1,103
  • Corvette Z06 – 1,697
  • Corvette ZR1 – 24

2008 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 876
  • Corvette Convertibles – 746
  • Corvette Z06 – 565


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

Related:
November 2008 Corvette Sales
Corvette Assembly Plant Extends Shut Down Until End of February

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Corvette Auction: GM to Sell Part of Heritage Collection

by Keith Cornett on December 22, 2008

Corvettes at GM's Heritage Center Museum

Looking to make some quick cash, GM announced a corporate garage sale where they’ll be selling off approximately 250 of the slightly less important and more recent collectibles from the Heritage Collection – the automaker’s corporate museum. The collection will be offered over several auctions starting with Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-January. A non-official list of cars is circulating with 30+ Corvettes on it including several 1989 Corvette ZR-1s and a bevy of Pace Cars.

GM hasn’t finalized the list of vehicles to be sold, and Tom Freiman, manager of the Heritage Center calls the list of vehicles that is circulating the internet as “in-accurate”. GM is not expected to sell any car that is one of a kind or is a milestone, so a couple of the early ZR-1s might not be included. Here is the non-official list of Corvettes:

  • 1989 Corvette DR-1
  • 1989 Corvette Snake Skinner
  • 1989 Corvette Splash
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-1
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-1 (Dark Red)
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-2 Big Doggie
  • 1990 Corvette Right Hand Steer
  • 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Active
  • 1991 Corvette Convertible
  • 1992 Corvette ZR-1 First Built (Red)
  • 1993 Corvette LT-1 Spyder
  • 1994 Corvette (Teal)
  • 1994 Corvette HO
  • 1997 Corvette Alpha Build
  • 1997 Corvette Beta Build
  • 1997 Corvette Tiger Shark
  • 1998 Corvette First Built
  • 1998 Corvette X-plorers
  • 1999 Corvette C5R Show Car
  • 1999 Corvette Shark
  • 2000 Corvette Z06 Race
  • 2003 Corvette Lemans Pace #3
  • 2004 Corvette Indy Pace
  • 2005 Corvette Atlantic
  • 2005 Corvette Pacific
  • 2007 Corvette Z06 First Built (Red)
  • 2007 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Copper)
  • 2008 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Black)
  • Corvette C5 Display Chassis
  • Corvette Purple Smash
  • Corvette Racing Boat
  • Corvette Trailer
  • Corvette ZR1 Rolling Chassis
  • Corvette ZR 1 Snake Skinner

GM has been thinning out its Heritage Collection over the last few years and most recently we watched the sale of several Corvette Pace Cars at October’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. In additon to January’s Scottsdale auction, some of the GM collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in April 2009.


Source:
jalopnik via HRFBody
cartoonsRcool

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvettes Galore Inside the GM Heritage Center
Auction Results: Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Tops $3.3 Million in Corvette Sales

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The GT1 Corvettes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

AutoSport Magazine is reporting that Corvette Racing will not return to France next summer to compete one last time in the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 class as originally planned due to budget constraints. However Steve Wesoloski, director of Chevrolet’s road racing program denies the decision has been made.

Corvette Racing has won at La Sarthe 4 times since 2000 and finished 2nd in class last year, but due to the ongoing financial crises, the team has been told to reduce its racing budget next year. Should the AutoSport Magazine report be true, you would think that this decision would call into question the whole strategy of running the GT1 program during the first half of the season as those races are essentially tune-ups for the 24 Hours of Lemans in June.

While Wesoloski denies the cancellation rumor, he does add the caveat that the final decision will based on the bailout discussions in Washington:

“We are still going ahead with our plans for a reduced programme of Sebring, Long Beach and Le Mans,” he said. “No one has told me otherwise. We are, of course, prepared for all eventualities. It all hinges on what happens in Washington.”



Source:
Autosport.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Racing: GT2 Will Never Be The Same

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The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

GM Announced the closing of some 20+ facilities across North America including the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. The plant will be closed the day before Christmas and is not expected to restart until mid-February. Tours of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant have been suspended until early March.

The Corvette plant had been expected to be shut down through the first week of January to allow for constriction in the supply as monthly sales of Corvettes continue to be running 50% less than the same time period in 2007. The plant employs 800 workers.

“You know the impact will be felt in the community,” said UAW Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud. “Those are 800 people who won’t be getting regular paychecks. If they’re off any length of time, it’s going to be reflected in their bill payments.”


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News
Photo Credit: Joe Imel/BG Daily News

Related:
Corvette Assembly Plant to Layoff 110 Workers
Corvette Assembly Plant to be Idled in December
GM: Corvette Production Being Cut to Reduce Supply
October 2008 Corvette Sales

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November 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on December 3, 2008

Last month’s Corvette sales sunk to a new low of just 1,093 delivered last month according to the November sales report released by GM late yesterday. This is lowest monthly total we’ve seen in the more than 3 years we’ve been keeping track of these stats. November’s sales were off 55.2% compared to November 2007 and for the calendar year sales are down 16.7%.

Despite the weeklong shutdown of the factory in October, we’re not really seeing a constriction in the number of Corvettes on the ground. According to Jeff Hardy’s website, there were 8,043 Corvettes on the ground on November 4th and on December 3rd, the number grew by 72 to be 8,115. The number of 2008 Corvettes available dropped by 288 units as buyers looking for discounts are finding them in last year’s model. As the plant will be idled even longer in early December, we’ll continue to watch the numbers to see if supply will be reduced.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4% Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5%
September 2,318 2,837 -18.3% Jan-Sept 23,384 25,849 -9.5%
October 1,170 2,484 -52.9% Jan-Oct 24,554 28,333 -13.3%
November 1,093 2,438 -55.2% Jan-Nov 24,647 30,771 -16.6%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 8,115 Corvettes on the ground and can be broken down into the following years:

  • 2007 Corvettes – 130
  • 2008 Corvettes – 2,205
  • 2009 Corvettes – 5,780

2009 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 3,473
  • Corvette Convertibles – 908
  • Corvette Z06 – 1,371
  • Corvette ZR1 – 28

2008 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 901
  • Corvette Convertibles – 722
  • Corvette Z06 – 582


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

Related:
October 2008 Corvette Sales
Corvette Assembly Plant to be Idled in December

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2009 Corvette Production By The Numbers (So Far)

by Keith Cornett on November 18, 2008

2009 Corvette Z06 in Cyber Gray

I continue to hope that 2009 will go down in history as the year that production started on the Corvette ZR1 instead of the year that the last Corvette was made. There are buyers out there and even in a bad economy Corvettes will continue to be sold. With that said, we do have some preliminary production numbers of Corvettes for the first five months or so of the 2009 model year.

Our numbers come by way of “Zippy” who is an ambassador with the National Corvette Museum and is a well known source of info on several forum sites. He says that to date there have been 9,230 Corvettes produced for the 2009 model year. They breakdown as:

  • 4,959 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,696 Corvette Convertibles
  • 2,213 Corvette Z06s
  •    362 Corvette ZR1s

Some additional facts regarding 2009 Corvette production:

  • 362 ZR1s have been produced with a total of 509 in the ordering system.
  • 9.7% of Convertibles were built with the new 1LT Package.
  • NPP Performance Exhaust has been ordered on 51% of all Coupes and 59% of all Convertibles.

The top three colors ordered for the Corvette ZR1 were:

  • 40% Cyber Gray
  • 20% Black
  • 17% Jetstream Blue

Cyber Gray is the most popular 2009 color to date with 20% of all Corvettes ordered in the new color. Second is Black at 20% and third is Victory Red at 14%.


Source:
Z06Vette.com

Related:
Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers
Official 2009 Corvette Pricing Announced

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